Rash and Skin Irritations

Skin irritations can happen for many reasons. This could be allergies, eczema, psoriasis, or more. To start getting treatment for any rashes or skin irritations come into WellCare Urgent Care center.

What Does an Allergic Skin Reaction Look Like?

When you have skin problems, it is often caused by allergies. It is possible to have an allergy to a food, beauty care products, or other substances. An allergic response on the skin can lead to an itchy rash, pus-filled blisters, or red hives. It is often possible to diagnose the cause of an allergy by the way that a rash looks. When you visit WellCare Urgent Care for an examination, a physician will also want to know if you have been exposed to any unusual substances such as a new type of laundry detergent or poison oak.

What Are the Most Common Types of Skin Rashes?

Some of the most common types of skin rashes are caused by allergic responses, and these conditions can include:

  • Psoriasis- a skin condition with white or silver lesions
  • Eczema- a dry or blistering rash that occurs on certain areas
  • Hives – a strange rash that occurs suddenly due to an intense allergic response
  • Contact dermatitis – caused by touching an irritant
  • Rosacea – a facial rash that is often caused by a defective immune response
  • Seborrheic dermatitis – caused by clogged pores

What Causes Skin Allergies?

Understanding what causes a skin allergy can help you to avoid the substance so that you don’t suffer from its itchiness, swelling, and pain.

Experts have identified several major allergens that include:

  • Fragrances – occur in a variety of products that touch the skin
  • Metals – primarily nickel that is in jewelry
  • Preservatives – used to keep foods and beauty care products fresh
  • Dyes – added to detergents, beauty care products, and foods
  • Antibiotics – topical or oral antibiotics
  • Sulfates – a chemical added to many products
  • Foods – peanuts, eggs, shellfish, wheat, and others
  • Insect bites – allergic reactions to insect bites or stings
  • Poisonous plants – poison ivy, poison oak, or other plants

How Can You Treat an Allergic Skin Reaction?

An antihistamine can stop the itching sensation from an allergic response, helping your skin rash to heal faster. You can also apply soothing anti-itch ointments, or you can bathe with a gentle soap that has no added fragrances. If a skin rash is near your nose, mouth, ears, or eyes, then you may need medical attention to avoid complications. You can visit an urgent care clinic to receive prescription medication to alleviate skin rashes along with undergoing tests to learn what is causing the response.

Come into WellCare

If you are experiencing rash of some sort, seeking medical attention can help to solve this. Some skin rashes and irritants need prescription medicine in order to be resolved. Come into WellCare Urgent Care in Grand Rapids to receive expert treatment for your skin rash. Schedule an immediate appointment online or come into our Cascade and Leonard locations.

Should I visit Urgent Care or Emergency Room?

Urgent Care

When you have any medical condition that is non-life threatening or have general medical needs, then an Urgent Care center can take care of these. WellCare Urgent Care takes care of a variety of medical concerns such as the flu, vaccinations, physicals, allergy symptoms, and more.

WellCare Urgent care is convenient because it is quick and cost-effective.

Average visit time: 1 hour
Average cost: $150

Emergency Room

Emergency care is necessary when you are suffering from a life-threatening condition. This could be a heart attack, stroke, head injury, or other trauma that requires more advanced treatment. If you or someone you love has a life-threatening illness or injury, then you need to call 911 and get to the closest Emergency Room.

Emergency Rooms, while the best option for serious trauma, do take time and are costly.

Average Time Spent: 4.5 hours
Average Cost Per Visit: $1700

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